How We Came To Be
In spring of 2006, a group of dog
trainers and behavior consultants became increasingly alarmed at the
proliferation of shock collar use among companion dog owners,
inexperienced trainers and 'behaviorists', as well as the way the use of
these devices was being promoted by their manufacturers. From that
concern, the No Shock Collar Coalition came about. The NSCC began merely
as a silent protest against the inhumane use of pain-delivering devices
used in the name of 'dog training', and I created a single web page
where principalled people could come and mark their name in a public
place to protest the inhumane use of shock on companion canines in the
name of training.
These devices are appearing with
ever-increasing frequency in commercially available and inexpensive
training "tools" sold freely over the counter to people who are
completely ignorant about their capacity for harm. They are available as
"bark collars", "remote collars" and invisible containment systems for
both indoor and outdoor use.
We know that these devices
are designed to work by the application of an aversive (pain,
discomfort, fear, startle) which ultimately has a detrimental impact on
the dog's learning, and many of their proponents are attempting to sell
this training to the unknowing public by characterizing the electric
shock as a "stimulation", "stim", "nick" or "tap"; these are all
euphemisms for an electric shock.
As a cohesive force,
we'll be moving forward with plans to speak out more vocally against the
use of these devices, and make our positions known to their
manufacturers, distributors and retailers, and any individual or
business who sells these units or advertises them. We'll also be
amassing and presenting a library of information about shock collars and
the harm done by these devices, as a reference to dog trainers,
behavior consultants and dog owners.
you'd like to add your name to the growing list of professional dog
trainers, behavior consultants, pet parents and others who want to take a
stand against the use of electric shock collars for training dogs and
controlling their behavior, please CLICK HERE to sign up.